Greensburg, PA – A Pennsylvania State Trooper was killed in a two-vehicle crash with a garbage truck early Friday morning in Westmoreland County.
26-year-old Trooper Michael Stewart was one of two troopers in a marked patrol vehicle on State Route 711 near Route 271. The crash happened around 2:30 Friday morning.
Few details are being given about what caused the crash with the garbage truck, and it remains under investigation.
The second trooper was transported to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.
Trooper Stewart is the 98th member of the Pennsylvania State Police to be killed in the line of duty.
He enlisted in January of 2014. Trooper Stewart was a graduate of the 138th cadet class. He had been assigned to the Patrol Unit in Troop A in Greensburg since Aug. 29, 2015. He had previously been assigned to Troop H in Chambersburg.
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